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Radio Free Skaro #645 – New Best Friends


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It’s San Diego Comic-Con! There is an absurd amount of news from the world’s largest media convention this week, including a new and mysterious Doctor Who trailer, a panel featuring Jodie Whittaker, Mandop Gill, Tosin Cole, showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens, new Series 11 artwork, Jodie wowing everyone with a surprise appearance at the Her Universe fashion show, a press conference or two and (takes breath) reports from on the ground at SDCC with the Nerdis’s Kyle Anderson and Doctor Who on the Couch’s Heather Berberet! Sit down and get yourself a snack because this is the annual SDCC edition of Radio Free Skaro and it’s going to be a whopper!
Links:

Doctor Who on Twitch
San Diego Comic-Con International
Doctor Who SDCC Panel
Jodie Whittaker arrival video, new Pull To Open typeface
Jodie Whittaker announcement/reaction video
Series 11 SDCC Trailer
BBC America confirmed to be simulcasting Series 11 premiere
Series 11 won’t have two-parters, writer’s room style confirmed
Series 11 Christmas Special confirmed
Series 11 to have 50/50 gender split for directors and first People of Colour writers
New Sonic Screwdriver
Series 11 promo pics
Series 11 promo artwork
Series 11 character portraits
Jodie Whittaker at Her Universe fashion show
Doctor Who SDCC press conference
Entertainment Weekly Doctor Who facebook live interview
TVLine SDCC Doctor Who interview
Series 11 to have new monsters
Jodie Whittaker hopes Doctor Who will inspire young girls
Macra Terror and Wheel in Space animated?
TVNZ will broadcast Doctor Who in New Zealand, taking over from Prime
Jodie Whittaker on the Radio Times cover
Doctor Who Magazine will have subscriber-only collectible covers
John Barrowman and Mark Shepherd announced for Edmonton Expo

Correspondents:

Kyle Anderson
Heather Berberet

Radio Free Skaro #628 – Hulke Smash!


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A cranky Chris (Eccleston), a snippet of Steven (Moffat) and a serendipitous Series 11 opening sequence concept are all in the news this week, but let’s be honest, you’re here for the trenchant insights of one Kyle Anderson of Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room podcast and Nerdist fame (and, we suppose, the Three Who Rule’s meagre offerings) as we delve into the second of our three-part Malcolm Hulke Miniscope with a look at “Colony in Space”, “The Sea Devils”, “Frontier in Space”, and “Invasion of the Dinosaurs”!
Links:

#WhoAgainstGuns
Eccleston speaks out about his time on Doctor Who
Snippet of Moffat’s first Day of the Doctor draft
eBook release of A Second Target for Tommy
Stuart Manning’s Series 11 opening sequence
Doctor Who Infinity game trailer
Doctor Who Infinity interview with Susan Cummings

Miniscope:

Malcolm Hulke
Kyle Anderson

Radio Free Skaro #627 – The Incredible Hulke


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It’s another pre-October week of hints and dribbles of Doctor Who news, including loose-lipped thespian Alan Cumming revealing he has a role in Series 11, audio and Target news, Tom Baker Blu-Ray excitement, and more. All mere preamble to the first part of our Malcolm Hulke Miniscope, featuring Nerdist scribbler and noted cineaste Kyle Anderson to help us look at “The Faceless Ones”, “The War Games”, “Doctor Who and the Silurians” and “The Ambassadors…of Death”!
Links:

#WhoAgainstGuns
Alan Cumming in Series 11
Doctor Who audio recordings archived
Final covers for new Target books
Tom Baker Season 1 Blu-Ray
Series 3 Steelbook
Lady Christina returns in Big Finish
More WhoTalk Commentaries
Delia Derbyshire portrait at Coventry University
Ken Dodd died

Miniscope:

Malcolm Hulke
Kyle Anderson

Radio Free Skaro #620 – Doctor, I Let You Go


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With months to go before new episodes and a new Doctor, fans and indeed the media are grabbing at any vague crumb they can find, as evidenced by the Radio Times online arm clickbaiting their way into several stories telling us…precisely nothing. But ex-Who poobah Steven Moffat also spoke recently about what he would have done had David Tennant stayed on as the Doctor (spoilers: more or less series 6) and Titan’s Doctor Who line is coming back this summer for Free Comic Book Day, and will in some way introduce their take on Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor! But the main event is the second half of our look at Steven Moffat’s time showrunning Doctor Who, as Heather Berberet, Kyle Anderson and Paul Booth return to look at the Peter Capaldi era!
Links:

Series 11 Episode 1 will be 65 minutes
Steven Moffat and what might have been
Titan relaunches Doctor Who line this summer
Toby Hadoke’s “For The Love Of Doctor Who”
Jeremy Wilkin died

Panel:

Heather Berberet
Kyle Anderson
Paul Booth
DePaul Pop Culture Conference

Radio Free Skaro #619 – Can I Have An Apple?


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The countdown to Gallifrey One continues, with the official convention schedule out for your perusal and ticket transfers up and running until January 31! Also, news of Jo Whit/P-Cap salary equilibrium…and, well that’s it for the news really. And good thing too, because we have part one of our mammoth look back at the Steven Moffat era! This segment focuses on the Matt Smith years and features Doctor Who on the Couch’s Heather Berberet, Nerdist scribe, and co-host of Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room, Kyle Anderson, and educator, podcaster and all around lovely fellow Paul Booth!
Links:

Gallifrey One schedule
Gally ticket transfers close Wednesday
Jodie Whittaker earning the same as Capaldi
Complete History to extend to Twice Upon A Time

Panel:

Heather Berberet
Kyle Anderson
Paul Booth

Radio Free Skaro #579 – The Crooked Smile


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A rare occurence on this week’s Radio Free Skaro in that two thirds of the regular Three Who Rule are absent. So we present to you Two other Rulers! Erika from Verity! and Kyle from Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room join Steven (Chris and Warren are off somewhere making tea) to review the second episode of this most recent series of Doctor Who. Will they be smiling or in their appreciation of it? Or will they merely be gritting their teeth and pretending as to not get murdered by cute robots? Isn’t that everyday anyway?
Links:

Doctor Who S10E02 “Smile”
“Smile” – overnight viewing figures
Memorial University prof inspires robots on new episode of Doctor Who
“The Pilot” AI – 83
“Knock Knock” synopsis
Knock Knock to get a binaural audio edition on iPlayer for headphone users
David Bradley back as the First Doctor in the Christmas special?
David Bradley is cagey about the Christmas Special
Class North American DVD/BR release July 11
Oxford English Dictionary adding some DW words: Sonic Screwdriver, TARDIS, Dalek, Cyberman
Radiophonic Workshop concert and Q&A at the Science Museum June 16, £25
BBC Studios in Wales gets new head of drama

Radio Free Skaro #574 – Valley of the Thals


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It’s time for a visit to The Dead Planet to see some Mutants in “The Daleks” with the Three Who Rule and Doctor Who: The Writers Room podcaster, Nerdist scribe and gentleman bounder Kyle Anderson as a special guest! Thrill to Steven’s knowledge of televisual minutiae, twirl to Kyle’s searing insights, sashay to Chris’s detailed analysis and recoil at the sight of Warren’s brain melting at the (in his sole opinion) grinding tedium of the early Hartnell era! Plus news like the first official Series 10 trailer, but who needs that when you’ve got survivors escaping an ordeal and an ambush, thus expediting a rescue!
Links:

Series 10 Episode 1 will be called The Pilot!
Series 10 will have a 3-parter in the middle!
Official BBC Series 10 trailer released!
Missy’s reaction to the trailer!
Australian cinema details for the Series 10 Premiere!
Paul Cornell’s Chalk
New Radiophonic Workshop album!
“Directed by Douglas Camfield” by Michael Seely!

Commentary:

The Daleks! The Mutants! The Dead Planet!
Kyle Anderson!

Radio Free Skaro #485 – Past Christmas

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rfs485Guest announcements for Gallifrey One and Chicago TARDIS! LEGO Doctor Who talk! Capaldi dolly banter! Warren becoming enraged by Star Trek: Into Darkness and almost saying a naughty word! Yes, it’s business as usual again here at Radio Free Skaro headquarters after the madness that was San Diego Comic-Con, but lo, we also have something special this week, the return of Nerdist scribe Kyle Anderson, who joins us for a commentary of the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special “Last Christmas”! What better time than mid-July to get into the holiday spirit…of nightmares!
Show notes:

Doctor Who…Popular!
Series 10…Officially Confirmed!
Gallifrey One…Guest Announcement!
Doctor Who Festival…More Guests!
Jenna Coleman…At Chicago TARDIS!
5″ Capaldi…Available In September!
LEGO Dimensions…Multiple Doctors!
LEGO Dimensions…Multiple TARDIS Console Rooms!
Series 8 Finale…3D Blu-Ray?
Berlin Doctor Who Event…Downloadable Free!
Ianto Jones…Returns to Torchwood!
A Peculiar Effect…On The BBC!
Two-minute Time Lord…Talks BBC With Toby Hadoke!
Olaf Pooley…Died.
Dr. Who and the Daleks Commentary…Coming Soon!

Commentary:
Kyle…Anderson!
Last…Christmas!

Radio Free Skaro #484 – San Diego Capaldi-Con

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484Nerd Christmas! Yes, San Diego Comic-Con is wrapping up for another year, but you can keep your Batmans and your Supermans and your Deadpools and your WHO CARES NEW DOCTOR WHO TRAILER! LEGO DIMENSIONS WITH ALL THE DOCTORS! And most importantly, 5.5 INCH P-CAP DOLLY! Of course there was much more news from San Diego of interest to Doctor Who aficionados, and we also have an on-the-spot report from gentleman scribe Kyle Anderson of the Nerdist, who was on the ground at Hall H for the entire con! Whee!
Show notes:

Series 9…Trailer!
Series 9…Begins September 19!
Doctor Who…San Diego Comic-Con Panel!
Peter Capaldi…On Conan!
SPACE…Confirms Day & Date Series 9 Broadcasts!
Episode 9…Written By Mark Gatiss!
Summary…of Series 9 Info!
Series 9…Has Vikings On A Spaceship!
LEGO Dimensions…Doctor Who Set Comes Out November 3!
Capaldi, Coleman and Gomez…Voices In LEGO Dimensions!
LEGO Dimensions…Trailer!
LEGO Dimensions…Gameplay!
Upcoming…Action Dollies!
Eighth Doctor Comics Miniseries…Coming In October!
BBC…Online Shop!
Terrance Dicks…Receives Lifetime Achievement Award!

Guest:
Kyle…Anderson!
San Diego…Comic-Con!

The Troubling (Not At All) Subtle Subtext of “Kill the Moon,” by Kyle Anderson.

capaldi-ktmThis is the moment I say “mea culpa” to everyone in the world. I completely, utterly, and totally didn’t pick up on something that was about as obvious and on the nose as anything that’s been on television in…ever. This weekend’s Doctor Who episode, “Kill the Moon,” featured a storyline and images and themes and discussions that were so blatantly referencing a hot-button issue that it should have been painfully evident to me while watching it. And yet it wasn’t. At all. I watched it two times. I wrote a review that didn’t even mention this subtext and simply went on about how good an episode I thought it was. Then, once what I had missed was pointed out to me, I felt embarrassed, and uncomfortable, and disturbed, and deeply troubled, both as to why and how I could have missed it, and why and how it was put on television the way it was. But now I can’t unsee it and can’t unknow it, and I can’t in good conscience not talk about it.

This is a very spoilery issue, so if you’ve yet to see “Kill the Moon” and don’t want to be spoiled, please do not continue reading.

The entire crux of “Kill the Moon” is that the moon itself is actually an egg containing a nearly-hatching celestial creature, and nobody knows what will happen once it does indeed hatch, whether it will destroy the Earth or not. The Doctor arrives there with Clara and her student Courtney and meet a female astronaut named Lundvik and her two aging male co-pilots. They both of them get killed fairly early on and so we’re left with the three women and the Doctor; an interesting set-up.

Once it’s discovered what the moon is, that it’s an egg about to hatch, Lundvik asks how they kill it, thus saving the moon, and hopefully the Earth as well. The Doctor balks at her question and decides, instead of trying to convince her not to want to destroy it with all the nuclear weapons they bought, he leaves the three ladies alone to decide for themselves, despite Clara’s tearful frustration. They put the issue to a vote (of very shaky logic) to the people of the Earth that if they turn their lights off, they’ll kill the creature and if they don’t they won’t. Then they wait and as the moments almost tick down to zero, both Courtney and Clara hit the button to stop the bomb and the Doctor immediately arrives to show them the impact of their choice.

Even typing that, I feel like the biggest idiot for not seeing just how closely it hews to the debate of pro-life versus pro-choice. It’s right there. If it were an outraged person it would have punched me, and should have. The episode’s chief moral dilemma is whether or not to literally abort a child before it’s born. There’s even a line spoken by Clara that says “You can’t blame a baby for kicking.” There are many comparisons between the moon and a chicken egg, for crissakes.

The episode’s writer, Peter Harness, left Twitter unceremoniously not long before the episode aired, probably foreseeing, or being instructed to foresee, a backlash that would have likely befallen him. The problem is this: the show might be trying to say that there was a choice being made, but it can’t help but come down on the side of life. The fact is the decision is left up to three women of different age ranges (Lundvik even asks Clara at one point if she hopes to have children one day) and it’s Clara, the most motherly and of child-bearing age, to make the ultimate decision. Courtney is clearly on the side of letting it live, and Lundvik is clearly on the side of not letting it live, and is practically vilified for it.

The Doctor completely leaves, allowing, I suppose, the women, or “womankind” as he refers to them, the chance to choose the fate of the planet, and of this creature. Is he allowing them the choice or is he merely abandoning them when they need him the most? Is the Doctor, the protector, the medical person, just completely removing himself from any responsibility in the whole thing? Yes, I think he is, and I think Clara believes this to be the case, hence her yelling at him, even though he says at the end that he trusted her to do the right thing. The “right thing”???

We also have a moment where a vote was cast, and an overwhelming amount of people on the Earth chose to destroy the creature, and not risk the lives of all the humans on the planet, but they are ultimately overruled then by two out of the three people with their fingers on the button of the bomb. Just because it worked out for the best doesn’t mean it was their choice to make; a small group of people chose the fate of all the people who vocally expressed their opinions the other way, removing the idea of choice or of voting about it in the process.

How are we supposed to take this any other way than the program saying that it’s never a good idea to have an abortion, or that people can’t be in control of their own fate about such things, or that the medical professionals don’t want anything to do with it and can offer no help? It’s intensely troubling; whichever way you fall on the debate. And, please do not use the comments below as a forum for debating the issue itself. PLEASE, this isn’t trying to stir that kind of talk, it’s merely pointing out what happened and that it is, any way you look at it, a troubling piece of storytelling.

Once again, I apologize to everyone for having missed this. I am absolutely ashamed for having let it roll over me without a second thought, and I want to thank those women on Twitter who brought it up to me Saturday night as politely and intelligently as they did. I want them and everyone to know I wasn’t shirking the debate, or downgrading its importance in the discussion of the episode, it just simply didn’t occur to me, and that’s something I’m going to have to think about.

If we are to discuss anything in the comments, I want to know whether or not you think Doctor Who and its production acted responsibly in tackling a topic such as this the way they did. It’s certainly very rare for a show that tends to lean pro-science 99% of the time to be so muddled and not scientific about the way it dealt with this.

Thank you all for reading, and again, many apologies.

This guest piece was written by Kyle Anderson, a long-time friend of The Three Who Rule here at Radio Free Skaro. We are privileged to be asked to host this article about the latest Doctor Who episode Kill The Moon. Kyle is an irregular guest on Radio Free Skaro, most recently appearing on Episode #432; you can also find him on twitter at @functionalnerd.